"Briefwechsel: Mittheilungen and den Geheimrath v. Leonhard gerichtet"

Name of traveller

Joseph Russegger (1802-1863)

Reason for travel

  • exploration of mines and smelting works

Date of travel

June 1840

Mein nächster Punkt war die Maschinen-Fabrik bei Neath, und dann ging ich nach Merthyr Tydvil, nach dem Riesen-Eisenwerke, das seines Gleichen an Grösse nicht auf der Erde hat. (Russegger 557)


  • industry:
    • evaluation of the Swansea copper works as probably the world's largest; references the international trade relations of the copper works
    • inspection of a factory that produces of machines in Neath
    • visits the world's largest iron works in Merthyr Tydfil
    • observes the extraction of silver from lead in Holywell
  • transport: crosses the Bristol Channel by boat
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Russegger, Joseph. "Briefwechsel: Mittheilungen and den Geheimrath v. Leonhard gerichtet." Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Geognosie, Geologie und Petrefaktenkunde 5 (1840): 549-64. Print.